Four staffers for Justin Fairfax quit amid sexual assault controversy

Pastor Lacette Cross speaks during a protest calling for Governor Ralph Northam to resign on Monday
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A New Jersey public relations firm representing Ms Watson provided a 2016 email exchange with a female friend and 2017 text exchanges in which Ms Watson said Mr Fairfax had raped her.

The lawyer for Meredith Watson said in a statement Friday that Watson had been raped by a former Duke basketball player but did not identify the player.

The attorney for Meredith Watson, the second woman who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, is asking Virginia lawmakers to begin the impeachment process against the embattled politician.

The New York Times reported Monday night that the previously unnamed basketball player is Corey Maggette, who played for Duke from 1998-99.

"We take the allegations against Justin very seriously", Nashelsky said.

Earlier this month, on February 1, a photo from Northam's medical school yearbook was resurfaced, appearing to show the politician and another person wearing racist costumes - with one dressed in blackface and another wearing KKK robes, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Meanwhile, the lieutenant governor did not make any public appearances Saturday and released his statement late in the day, after Republican state House Speaker Kirk Cox and the Democratic Party of Virginia joined a chorus of other calls for Fairfax to resign. A Facebook message from Watson acquired by the Times said she did not report the alleged Fairfax assault after the university discouraged her from pursuing the earlier case against Maggette.

"During a recent event at Fort Monroe, I spoke about the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia and referred to them in my remarks as enslaved", Northam said in a Monday morning statement explaining his comments.

Another possibility: Fairfax simply hangs on as he disputes the allegations.

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Justice McMahon called the crimes "pure evil" and especially condemned McArthur's exploitation of his victims' vulnerabilities. Evidence revealed in a hearing showed McArthur kept items from his victims and had photographs of them on his computer.

"So now any time anything happens, Republicans get two get out of jail free cards, and any Republican commentator gets two talking points", Watters said. Mark Herring, Virginia's white attorney general, who also admitted to a past encounter with blackface, isn't leaving either. Tyson says Fairfaix, then a law student working as an aide to Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards, forced her to perform oral sex.

It's not clear whether he'll be paid by the firm while on leave.

"I have never had any trousers like that", Northam said.

The lieutenant governor says he has nothing to hide and demanded an investigation.

"Yes, again, when I stepped back and looked at it, I just said, I know it's not me in the Klan outfit". Fairfax is black. Until he was accused of rape, he looked like he might become the next governor of Virginia. Because of "the deep shame and humiliation" she suffered afterwards, she said she didn't speak of it for years.

Marcus Simon, a Virginia Democrat, is a member of the House of Delegates and parliamentarian for House Democrats.

Watson's lawyer said the circumstances of the alleged assault in 2000 were similar to what Tyson had described happening four years later, but declined to provide further details.

Carliss Chatman, a Washington & Lee Law School professor who graduated from Duke in 2001, said she has remained friends with Fairfax and hosted a political fundraiser for him.

"Even in the most hard times, including ones like these, that's when it's most important to adhere to our highest values as Americans", Fairfax said.

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